I thought this was a simple enough question when I first started asking it, but I was wrong. I also predicted there would be a reliably uniform response across demographics. That was wrong, too. From those 30 and under, I got answers varying anywhere from, "Because of Ronald Reagan," and "Because I'm pro-life," to "Obama sucks."
The wise older set, we'll call them, everyone 30 and over, I found, form their political beliefs around a more "faith oriented," or "moral construct" world view. Some of their answers ranged from, "I'm a strict constitutionalist," to "Jesus is a Republican." That last one I'm paraphrasing, because it was my uncle who said it, and his argument was so long, it needed intermissions.
So in the interest assuaging my curiosity, I'm throwing this out to Ricochet readers, why are you conservative? Obviously the scope of this question is limited to conservatives, but others may feel free to jump into the discussion, as well.